Manila In The Claws Of Light (Maynila: Sa mga kuko ng liwanag) Reviews

August 18, 2020
A significant pillar of Filipino cinema at last recuperated, Brocka's Manila in the Claws of Light is a profoundly sympathetic melodrama cloaked in gritty neo-realism.
March 15, 2020
Brocka's look is quite accusatory, with him blaming the "capital" for exploiting the poor and the authorities for cooperating fully with the rich. Inevitably, this lack of any kind of prosperity and providence also leads to moral decay,
June 3, 2019
It is a potent and provocative examination of poverty's ravaging mental and physical toll not just on people, but on a city and a society that continues to favor elites at the expense of the poor.
November 16, 2018
A sad but beguiling film, Manila offers many more scenes that might inspire philosophical and political reflection than the few I was able to discuss here.
February 6, 2014
The film moves to the alternating beats created by its characters' hopes and their miseries, by their talk of a different kind of future and the crushing reality of their present circumstances.
February 4, 2014
The intimate proletarian melodrama The Claws of Light succeeds where so many political allegories fail: With ethical and emotional sophistication, it dramatizes the suffering of the disadvantaged with characters that feel individual yet archetypal.
February 4, 2014
Lino Brocka's devastating ... melodrama opens with several stunning, grainy black-and-white shots of Manila, striking a beautiful balance between on-the-ground verisimilitude and fable-like eeriness.
February 3, 2014
The vicious depredations of the urban jungle have rarely been bared with such fierce clarity as in this 1975 melodrama, directed by Lino Brocka.
February 1, 2014
For Brocka and his characters, Manila is a libertarian dystopia, where poverty breeds its own predators and victims as the city's poor grasp for the little wealth that hasn't yet been distributed.